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is flying to washington for his first talks with u.s. president barack obama since he took office in december. their agenda is packed and their discussions are expected to touch on everything from a wide-ranging free trade deal to punishing north korea. >> translator: i want the summit talks to show the international community that japan and the united states have restored the strong bond of their alliance. >> abe says that alliance became unstable during the former democratic party-led administration. he says he's going to talk to obama about the u.s.-led negotiations for the transpacific partnership. nations that joined the discussions for the free trade agreement are supposed to in principle eliminate all tariffs, but abe doesn't want to abide by the precondition. abe and obama are expected to share ideas on what to do about north korea. scientists in the country last week carried out their third nuclear test. the leaders are expected to agree to push for a u.n. security council resolution imposing new sanctions on pyongyang. >>> government officials say the prime minister will
>>> it's time now for "newsline." i'm keikikitigawa. shinzo abe and president barack obama are trying to build new life into an alliance. they held a meeting in washington, and they touched on everything from north korea to a wide free-range trade agreement. he and obama agreed on policies and the alliance's free direction. >> translator: i can confidently say the trusting bond in the u.s.-japan alliance are completely restored. >> obviously, japan is one of our closest allies, and the u.s.-japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the pacific region. >> the leaders say they'll take decisive action in response to north korea's missile launches and korean testing. they'll walk together on a new u.n. security resolution and tougher sanctions. abe also spoke about sanctions in the east china sea. japan controls tehe territory bt china and taiwan claim it. he said they would respond calmly to china's challenges and he noted that japan's alliances act as a stabilizing factor. obama issued a statement on the u.s.-led negotiati
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